14th July 2011
GROCONTINENTAL SCOOPS INDUSTRY AWARDS DOUBLE
Grocontinental has been named Haulier of the Year at the 25th Motor Transport Awards – the top award at the road transport industry’s annual ‘Oscars’.
Paul Crowther of Tilstock, who has notched up 40 years and almost 4 million miles as a driver with Grocontinental, was also crowned Fleet Driver of the Year in front of a 1,500-strong audience at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards were hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre and broadcaster Chris Tarrant.
The flagship awards celebrate the achievements of the road transport industry and reward innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality.
The Haulier of the Year award is presented to the most outstanding road transport company and judges companies on financial results, professionalism, customer care, safety, training and commitment to the environment.
Judges said Grocontinental’s profitability was a stellar performance and its customer feedback was very positive. They praised the concise and professional presentation of its awards entry that clearly showed that the management was both hands on and grounded.
Paul Crowther’s performance was measured on his driving exellence in safety, fuel efficiency, customer care and mechanical sympathy. In summing up Paul’s success, the judges said he was a five-star professional who stood out from the crowd and that his career was a massive personal achievement.
Paul joined the company at the age of 21 and started his career transporting beet pulp to local farmers. His first pay packet contained £11 18s 8d.
Commenting on the awards, Grocontinental Chairman Ray Grocott said:
‘We were thrilled to receive the two awards. To receive the top honour in our 70th anniversary year is also very special. We are very proud of our achievements but this award is really about the 300 staff who work around the clock to make our business successful.
‘But the night belonged to Paul Crowther. He is a magnificent employee – loyal, professional, hard-working and our finest ambassador. It is a real achievement for him to be recognised by the industry for, what is undoubtedly, an outstanding career.’
On receiving his award, Paul said:
‘I was very surprised and extremely happy to be announced as the winner. The walk to the stage in front of 1,500 people was very nerve-wracking.
‘I have always loved my job. Driving is a way of life and I’ve always really enjoyed what I’ve done.’
The company was previously crowned Haulier of the Year in 2004.
For more information and a highlights video of the event please go to: http://www.mtawards.co.uk/